The United States is set to evacuate its embassy in Kyiv as Western intelligence officials warn that a Russian invasion of Ukraine is happening on February 16.
Russia could launch an attack on Ukraine as early as next Wednesday, February 16, according to the respected German publication, Der Spiegel.
Accordingly, U.S. officials revealed that the State Department plans to announce early Saturday that all American staff at the Kyiv embassy shall be required to leave ahead of a feared Russian invasion.
The department had already urged families of U.S. embassy staffers in Kyiv to leave. On the other hand, Russia affirmed that its embassy open in Kyiv will remain open, according to Sky News.
Due to the escalating tensions between the two nations, countries around the world, including Britain, Estonia, Finland, Japan, Latvia, Norway, Canada, Australia, Kuwait and Iraq, called on their citizens to leave Ukraine.
Lastly, Germany's Foreign Ministry advised its citizens to leave eastern European country on Saturday after it said the conflict in the region "cannot be excluded" while fears remain that Russia plans to invade its neighbor.
The ministry also said it was closing its consulate in Donetsk, in the east of Ukraine.
"If you are currently in Ukraine, make sure that your presence is absolutely necessary. If it is not, leave the country shortly," Berlin's foreign ministry said.